Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan helped Arsenal destroy Everton

Arsenal crush Everton as Ramsey bags first career hat-trick
04 February 2018
by:   Tim Fadipe

Arsenal put their embarrassing defeat at Swansea behind them as they romped to a 5-1 victory thanks in large part to a hat-trick from Aaron Ramsey. January signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also shone on their home debuts as the Gunners put on an absolute clinic at the Emirates Stadium.

It didn’t take long for the Gunners to take the lead as Aubameyang, Ozil and Mkhitaryan all combined on the edge of the box. The ball was flicked outside to Mkhitaryan and he centred the ball for the returning Ramsey to fire home from 10 yards out. Arsenal doubled their lead on the 14th minute as Mustafi flicked on a corner allowing Laurent Koscielny to convert the diving header from only a few yards out.

Much like their last home game against Crystal Palace, Arsenal were 3-0 up inside 20 minutes and the third came courtesy of Ramsey again. Iwobi drove the ball forward on the left hand side and played the ball inside to Ramsey, his 25-yard strike took a deflection off Mangala and flew into the roof of the net. But the 37th minute was what the Arsenal fans were waiting for, the debut goal of Aubameyang.

Mkhitaryan slid a perfect ball behind the Everton defence and Aubameyang applied the cutest chip over the diving Pickford for Arsenal’s fourth goal.

Everton picked up their intensity after the half-time whistle and they scored a deserved consolation in the 64th minute. Martina delivered a cross into the box and substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin powered home the header.

Ramsey rounded off his hat-trick in the 75th minute as Mkhitaryan won the ball back high up the pitch and delivered the perfect cross and Ramsey swept it home for his first career hat-trick. A dominant performance from the Gunners ahead of the North London derby clash next week.

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